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Oasis / June and July 2009 Massive shows

By on Thursday, 16th October 2008 at 5:29 pm

Oasis have announced a string of massive shows for next Summer.

Tickets for the shows go on sale next Friday, October 24th at 10am.

Saturday 6th June 2009 – Manchester Heaton Park
Sunday 7th June 2009 – Manchester Heaton Park
Wednesday 10th June 2009 – Sunderland Stadium Of Light
Friday 12th June 2009 – Cardiff Millennium Stadium
Wednesday 17th June 2009 – Edinburgh Murrayfield Stadium
Saturday 20th June 2009 – Dublin Slane Castle
Saturday 11th July 2009 – London Wembley Stadium
Sunday 12th July 2009 – London Wembley Stadium


Live Review: 46664 in London’s Hyde Park

By on Saturday, 28th June 2008 at 2:17 am

Nelson Mandela at his 90th Birthday ConcertMassive “event” gigs currently seem to be in favour at the moment, with Live8, Live Earth, Princess Diana’s concert, and last night saw one of the biggest to date, and most worthy: 46664, to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday and also to raise awareness of his AIDS charity’s work.

You’ve probably heard about it in the press – the whole Amy Winehouse will she turn up / won’t she turn up situation, the issue over whether Nelson Mandela was even going to go himself. Then there was the impressively long list of stars attending: Gordon Brown (seen chatting to Nelson Mandela through Simple Minds’ frankly tedious performance – we would have done too, if we could have without shouting at each other), Will Smith, Quincy Jones and Lewis Hamilton actually turned up, whilst others could only be bothered to send a video (including Victoria Beckham, who got one of the most savage boo-ings known to man-kind).

In amongst the notable guests was some of today’s (and yesterday’s) best (and worst) performers, culminating in a show-stopping five song set from Queen that showed they still have what it takes to wow a huge audience. We also saw amazing performances from Amy Winehouse (who still has the power to wow with her voice after all she’s been through recently), Will Smith and Zucchero. A lot of artists were ones that we weren’t familiar with, however certainly opened our eyes up and featured a lot more variety musically than the rather biased Live8 and Live Earth events.

After the jump: a blow by blow account of the evening

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Linkin Park / January 2008 Arena Tour

By on Tuesday, 6th November 2007 at 4:25 pm

Linkin ParkLinkin Park have announced a string of UK Arena dates for early next year.

Tickets for the four dates below go on sale on Friday (9th November) at 9am.

Thursday 24th January – Nottingham Arena
Friday 25th January – Sheffield Arena
Sunday 27th January – Manchester MEN Arena
Monday 28th January – London O2 Arena


XFM’s Big Night Out

By on Monday, 27th August 2007 at 12:22 pm

Fratellis at XFMXFM have announced details of their now anual Big Night Out in October.

Saturday October 13th sees the radio station celebrate its 10th birthday in style at Brixton Academy. Maximo Park are headliners, and will be joined by a host of special guests who have yet to be announced though will be pretty big – in past years Hard-Fi, The Fratellis, The View, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, We Are Scientists and The Feeling have all played the night.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Wednesday August 29 priced at £20 plus booking fees. Doors are from 8pm – 2am.

Photo is taken from XFM’s 2006 Big Night Out photo album on XFM’s website by Darran Armstrong.


V Festival 2008 tickets on sale tomorrow

By on Monday, 20th August 2007 at 8:16 pm

V FestivalAs can usually be expected, V Festival tickets for the 2008 event go on sale tomorrow morning (Tuesday 21st August) until midnight next Tuesday (28th August). This initial allocation is strictly limited, so get there before the touts do!

Tickets will be available priced at £110 for the weekend or £130 for camping, There will also be a limited number of camper van pitches available at £50 per pitch.

V Festival takes place at Staffordshire’s Weston Park and Chelmsford’s Hylands Park on Saturday and Sunday 16th & 17th August 2008.


Live: Aerosmith at Hyde Park Calling review

By on Monday, 25th June 2007 at 2:23 am

This post was originally posted over at Londonist.

Aerosmith @ Hyde Park CallingNobody would have guessed that Stephen Tyler is a mere 59 years old judging by his performance at last night’s Hyde Park Calling finale with Aerosmith headlining a day of stellar bands. Strutting around the stage like only he can, Tyler had the audience in the palm of his hand from the opener “Love in an Elevator”.

Whilst Aerosmith undoubtedly stole the show, Hyde Park Calling was a three stage festival which showcases the best in current rock. London band Haunts played the packed out third stage, slowly warming up the crowds with their unique brand of danceable rock, akin to a lighter Biffy Clyro. Closing with “Live Fast, Die Young” they had everyone moving, and are surely ones to watch in the future for those with heavier tastes.

After them Brigade managed to entertain sufficiently the sizeable crowd on the third stage with their Placebo / Muse / Oceansize / My Vitriol style mixture of rock. Over on the main stage The Answer put in a performance of their lives, playing to their biggest audience yet and winning over a sizeable part, with massive “Answer” branded balloons bouncing along the audience. Fans of Led Zeppelin, Free or The Who should make sure they catch them – as they themselves said “We may be Irish, but we love London, so we’re around a lot”.

Chris Cornell @ Hyde Park CallingJet were next on the main stage, putting in a decidedly average performance – their (few) hits sounded tired and jaded, and new material never goes down well at festivals. During Jet’s set the heavens opened, soaking everyone, leading to chants of “Get your brolly down” (and alternatives) from people further back when former Audioslave star Chris Cornell came on for his second-on-the-bill slot. Unafraid of the rain, he commented how it was just like being at home for him. Highlight of his varied set which mixed both his own solo material and Audioslave material was probably his most recent song, “You Know My Name”, title song for the recent Bond film.

Finally the stars arrived, 15 minutes late, and bounded through a greatest hits set that highlighted their long and varied career. “I don’t want to miss a thing” was thrown in early, much to the appreciation of the crowd, drowning out Steven Tyler. Prancing around the stage like he has done for the last 30 years, they really were not showing their age other than their short “Deckchair set” which saw Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry at the end of the catwalk sat in (some rather comfy looking) deckchairs.

Climaxing with a fantastic performance of “Walk This Way” with Run DMC (yes, THE Run DMC), Aerosmith were gone from London for another few years. Past their prime? Unlikely – they’re just as good as they have ever been.

After the jump: more photos and the setlist.

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